pocket

noun
pock·​et | \ ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a small bag carried by a person : purse
b : a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side coat pocket
2 : supply of money : means
3 : receptacle, container: such as
a : an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table
b : a superficial pouch in some animals
4 : a small often isolated area or group pockets of unemployment :
a : a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas)
5 : a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail
b : the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others
c : an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass
7 : the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught
in one's pocket
: in one's control or possession
in pocket
1 : provided with funds
2 : in the position of having made a profit
out of pocket
1 : low on money or funds
2 : having suffered a loss
3 : from cash on hand

pocket

verb
pocketed; pocketing; pockets

Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket pocketed the change
b : to appropriate to one's own use : steal
c : to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto
2 : to put up with : accept
3 : to set aside : suppress pocketed his pride
4a : to hem in
b : to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table
5 : to cover or supply with pockets

pocket

adjective

Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : small enough to be carried in the pocket
b : small, miniature a pocket park
2a : of or relating to money
b : carried in or paid from one's own pocket

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Other Words from pocket

Noun

pocketful \ ˈpä-​kət-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce pocketful (audio) \ noun

Verb

pocketable \ ˈpä-​kə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce pocketable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

Noun

He keeps his gloves in his coat pocket. She was standing there with her hands in her pockets. I have a hole in my pocket. Her pocket was full of change. There are pockets on the back of each car seat. The tickets are in the zippered pocket on the front of the suitcase.

Verb

The chairman was fired for pocketing funds. The saleswoman had overcharged them and pocketed the difference. a professional golfer who pocketed more than four million dollars in winnings I had to pocket my pride and ask for some help.

Adjective

his pocket involvement in the company was minimal
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Buzz and Neil scooped up the dust and shoved it in their pockets, climbed back into Eagle, and slingshotted themselves back to Earth, splashing down in a rough and windy Atlantic. Rachel Slade, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years ago, we walked on the moon but we’re still not sure why," 28 June 2019 All of which brings us back to the Lakers and that big, fat pile of money burning a hole in their pockets. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Lakers Have Money. Now They Have to Spend Wisely.," 27 June 2019 Players and caddies carry them in their pockets and consult them before each shot. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why one caddie holds secret key to success on the PGA Tour," 26 June 2019 Be careful not to drop fireworks, do not carry fireworks in pockets and do not smoke when handling fireworks. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "How to stay safe during your Fourth of July fireworks show," 25 June 2019 Looking to holiday without burning a hole in their pockets, Indians are opting for short-haul trips within India, Ixigo’s survey showed. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "High airfares ruined summer vacation plans for many Indians," 19 June 2019 Purple shrouds had been draped over their bodies, and cash and I.D.s were found in their pockets. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Left Heaven's Gate Before Mass Suicide Is Haunted by Loved Ones He Lost," 17 June 2019 Now, the screens and magazines and newspapers are in our pockets, sucking up ever more of our attention. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Huge Trend That Realigned the Media Industry Is Over," 13 June 2019 The combination of pocket computers, Twitter, overbearing bosses, the Protestant work ethic and, yes, Slack conspires to obliterate any boundaries between your work life and the rest of it. Megan Greenwell, New York Times, "Fixing Your Work Environment Will Not Fix Your Life," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just the right amount of tone-setting, even for a team that just pocketed two more series victories and owns the franchise’s best record at this point since 2010. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: No matter pain of Cardinals loss, Padres remain interesting and in it," 30 June 2019 Over the 2019 season he's pocketed just one top 10 and seven top 25 finishes yet played well enough to remain at the No. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Masters champion Patrick Reed bolts up leaderboard at Rocket Mortgage Classic," 29 June 2019 Instead of registering the computers with the U’s IT department, McDaniel sold them and pocketed the proceeds, the charges said. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Former UMN employee pleads guilty to stealing university computers," 27 June 2019 The left back has very few weaknesses and stole the show in Turkey's recent 2-0 victory over France after pocketing Kylian Mbappe. SI.com, "Turkish Super Lig: 6 Players Who Could Play in the Premier League & Which Clubs They Would Suit," 27 June 2019 Chelsey Lewis and Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Airbnb hosts will pocket more than a half-million dollars during Summerfest this year. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019 is the biggest two weeks for Milwaukee Airbnb rentals ever," 25 June 2019 The next two batters also reached base (walk and bloop single) before Pomeranz resumed pocketing strikeouts. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ meek offense results in 2-0 loss to Colorado," 24 June 2019 Division 2 South Walpole 3, Hopkinton 2 — Seeded sixth, the Rebels (15-5) pocketed the program’s first sectional title with a narrow win at Abington High. Peter Santo, BostonGlobe.com, "Brookline boys cruise to another tennis title," 14 June 2019 The stage is now set for the 49 other defendants, parents who paid hundreds of thousands to get their children into elite schools and coaches who accepted and pocketed the cash. Don Dahler, CBS News, "Ex-Stanford coach avoids 13 month prison sentence in college admissions scandal," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pocket.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of pocket

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pocket

Noun

Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch

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More Definitions for pocket

pocket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a usually small cloth bag that is sewn into a piece of clothing, a larger bag, etc., and that is open at the top or side so that you can put things into it
: the amount of money that someone has available to spend
: a small bag or container that is attached to something and used to hold things

pocket

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

: to put (something) in a pocket
: to take or keep (something that does not belong to you)
: to earn or win (something, such as money)

pocket

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

: small enough to fit in a pocket
: carried in a pocket

pocket

noun
pock·​et | \ ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Kids Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small bag sewn into a piece of clothing for carrying small articles
2 : a place or thing that is different from the larger place or thing that it is part of pockets of poverty
3 : a condition of the air that causes an airplane to drop suddenly an air pocket
4 : a bag at the corner or side of a pool table

pocket

verb
pocketed; pocketing

Kids Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to put something in a pocket
2 : to keep often dishonestly He was tempted to pocket the profits.

pocket

adjective

Kids Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

: pocket-size a pocket dictionary

pocket

noun
pock·​et | \ ˈpäk-ət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Medical Definition of pocket

: a small cavity or space especially : an abnormal cavity formed in diseased tissue a gingival pocket

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